NCWB1 – An interview with Ashley Nichols (Part 2)
If you missed it, click here for An interview with Ashley Nichols (Part 1)
Do you feel that your experience within Muay Thai and MMA will help you, or would you consider Boxing a completely separate entity that needs a fresh approach?
“In Muaythai we have 8 limbs to utilize in different ranges with various counters and attacks to keep in mind. And MMA is another beast all on its own as well. I feel boxing is different with the footwork, the combinations, punchers vs. boxers and the intellect is different too. All in all, it is a new challenge and I am determined to do my best, really get the fans excited, as well as do well by my coach and team and put it all in the ring and prove I can box as well.”
Are there any female fighters that have inspired you along the way?
“For me early on for just boxing, I was inspired by Laila Ali and the fact that she did so well in her career is great too, also I saw it as she was also following in her father’s footsteps, which was fascinating to me. For Muaythai, it’s been Germaine De Randamie and Jorina Baars of the Netherlands, Julie Kitchen of the UK, and for MMA Ronda Rousey to name some really big inspirations! I really want to prove this as another chance to be inspired and inspire others with my first-ever boxing match on the NCWB1 stage.”
Our penultimate question is slightly more personal, but just an interesting, can you tell us about your ethnic background?
“I am Aniishnaabe or First Nation’s, my lineage is with the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation and my ancestors were the original people from the land here now known as Canada and North America. I feel connected to and feel I get a lot of my determination, spirit, strength, and tenacity from the spirit of my people. The history, culture, and the present has motivated me to want to create a lasting legacy that will inspire myself, the youth, and many more to rise above all odds and move forward towards their calling, towards their passion of where they feel most empowered and determined!”
..and the last question now, where do you see yourself if five years' time?
“In five years, I want to continue to give back to the community through martial arts, to inspire and empower the youth, young women, and others the same way Muaythai, Boxing, and MMA has inspired me. I see a few more belts in professional combat sports, and also see myself inspiring others to train and do the same and beyond.”
We have faith that you will achieve all of that and more! Thanks for speaking with us Ashley, we love watching you fight and following your career. We will most definitely be watching NCWB1, and we wish you all the best for it! We know you have a couple of big things coming up this year, so we would love to get you back again for chat if possible! Are there any shout out's or thank you's you would like to make?
“Of course, always fun and look forward to the chat in the future. Thank you Awakening – Female Fighters (link to facebook page) for the opportunity to share my experience and gratitude for combat sports. A big thank you to Kru Chris and the team at MAS Martial Arts in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada for all the training, the energy, and the amazing training environment! Thank you to boxing Coach Billy Irwin in Niagara Falls, Canada, for welcoming me to the team and passing the knowledge of boxing. I want to give a special thanks to Ring Royalty Fight Supply Co. for their support and the wicked design on my “Dream Bigger” walkout T-shirt. So excited about it and it means a lot to me to be sponsored, because it takes a team to accomplish a dream! And finally, thank you to my family, the fans, and supporters who have encouraged me over the years. Thank you for always believing. Let’s all continue to “Dream BIGGER!”
Ashley Nichols. Photo Credit: Lucid Digital Media
For tickets info, you can either contact NCWB at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 819 918 7847. Tickets cost 65$ each. There are group special discounts available. The event and weigh in will be also live online on GFL.TV for 15$.